The advance hype for this debut by Jasmine Guillory was one of the reasons I couldn’t wait to get my early copy. The Wedding Date is a sweet, at times cute ,romance. It starts out well enough with Alexa and Drew getting stuck in an elevator together. She’s at the hotel to visit her sister and he’s in town for the wedding of his former best friend and ex-girlfriend. As it happens his date backed out at the last-minute and when he and Alexa hit it off right away he asks her to play the part of his fake girlfriend. She agrees, expecting a night out with a cute boy, but ends up with much more.
You guys, I wanted to love this book so much, but in the end for me this is a read in three parts:
- The first 30% or so which I thoroughly enjoyed and gobbled up.
- The middle 60% which dragged on and on and felt like it had no real depth or character development.
- The last 10% (including epilogue) which was wonderful.
I almost put this book down several times. Everything felt like fade to black or off page, from the sex scenes to the getting to know you to these two spending actual time together. I never really got to know either character other than the fact that Alexa is the Mayor’s assistant who likes donuts and comes off as insecure at times (at least to me) and Drew is a pediatric surgeon who tends to break off his relationships before they get too serious. THAT’S IT. I wanted to get to know them better. I wanted to know why Drew is so afraid of relationships and why Alexa always thinks the worst is about to happen even though she’s obviously smart, and talented, and lovely. I wanted there to be long talks about their childhoods and intense, angsty communications between them because they obviously cared about each other.
I think my other issue with the middle 60% was that Alexa and Drew constantly, constantly, CONSTANTLY looked for something wrong in each other’s deeds or words. It drove me nuts. The first argument is because of something that happens over text and I honestly couldn’t believe that these grown adults even had this conversation over text message. It’s something a teenager might do with their girl/boyfriend. Toward the end it’s like they were both just looking for the other to mess up and waiting for something crappy to happen, then kind of willed it into being.
I’m not a big fan of the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING, because half the time I’m just annoyed that the H/H couldn’t find a way to communicate with each other, and that’s exactly how I felt reading The Wedding Date. With Drew and Alexa everything is just surface level until the big miscommunication. Surface level sex, surface level talks about their days and their likes and dislikes and childhoods and well, everything. Alexa has one conversation about her childhood and relationship with her sister with Drew and Drew leans on Alexa one time when he needs a sympathetic ear. I wanted more.
I feel like there was so much potential for this storyline. I loved the premise and enjoyed each of the characters (what I got to know of them), but wished the romance was executed better. Final Grade-C
“I’m so glad I got stuck in that elevator with you,” she said.